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Last month, while the American people were becoming the personal ATMs of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Saudi Arabia signing away an even more valuable gift: nuclear technology. In a ceremony little-noticed in this country, Ms. Rice volunteered the U.S. to assist Saudi Arabia in developing nuclear reactors, training nuclear engineers, and constructing nuclear infrastructure. While oil breaks records at $130 per barrel or more, the American consumer is footing the bill for Saudi Arabia's nuclear ambitions.
Saudi Arabia has poured money into developing its vast reserves of natural gas for domestic electricity production. It continues to invest in a national gas transportation pipeline and stepped-up exploration, building a solid foundation for domestic energy production that could meet its electricity needs for many decades. Nuclear energy, on the other hand, would require enormous investments in new infrastructure by a country with zero expertise in this complex technology.
Have Ms. Rice, Mr. Bush or Saudi leaders looked skyward? The Saudi desert is under almost constant sunshine. If Mr. Bush wanted to help his friends in Riyadh diversify their energy portfolio, he should have offered solar panels, not nuclear plants.
Why I posted this is because part of Obama's foreign policy is to stop carrying out practices that are self-destructive in the long term. As in we had Saddam to counter Iran but we removed him at great expense and now have a bigger Iran problem. I'm not yet ready to back Obama ... but even the most blinded homer must admit we do some really dumb ***** at times. Obama's foreign policy is too big to put here ... perhaps it will need to be split up ... but it is interesting and at the very least something the nation needs to discuss.
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Condi Rice commenting on her job description as National Security Advisor for President Bush. "I took the Presidents thoughts, and helped the president describe what he was thinking."
Letting her go to Saudi Arabia in her new position may not be a good idea.
When we do this isn't there always an agreement in place that prevents the country we help from making weapons grade uranium or plutonium, and a US-based verification process to ensure that happens (like our people physically in the plants to monitor)?
Originally Posted by F.B.N.
Why I posted this is because part of Obama's foreign policy is to stop carrying out practices that are self-destructive in the long term.
Any link or anything to Obama's foreign policy where he talks about this? (not doubting, just want to see what he says) Also how can you even know what is self-destructive in the long term? When you get involved in foreign policy you never know what's going to turn out hurting or helping. Obama wants to continue to be involved in other countries' affairs, and some things he does may seem helpful at first, or be in our interest at the time, but turn out to be bad choices in the end. Its a good argument for staying out of other people's business more often than not, even with good intentions we seem to end up costing ourselves sometimes.
strange...I thought most of the hijackers on 9-11 were Suadis?
isn't this 'dealing with states that sposor terror'
Well Al Queda also has overthrowing the House of Saud as one of it's ambitions, so it would be a stretch to say they are sponsoring AlQueda.
Not that I view the Saudi's as our friends.
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."